︎ Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and art criticism have appeared in BOMB, C Mag, The Ex-Puritan, Fence, Mousse, and elsewhere, as well as in the chapbooks Mayonnaise and Drawings on Yellow Paper (with Katie Lyle). By day, she works as an editor at The Capilano Review. By night, she drafts suspended scenarios and propositions. The Longest Way to Eat a Melon, her debut collection of fictions, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in 2025. She is at work on a novel and a long poem about belief. 

Photo by Maegan Hill-Carroll.

Contact: jacquelynzross {at} gmail {dot} com

Agency: K2 Literary

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Selected Writing


~ More-Than-Unpaid Work: On Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill’s M*****A review of Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill’s show at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver for Le Chauffage (forthcoming)

~ Night Work
Selections from a new long-form project published in Asia Art Archive’s online journal Like a Fever

~ A Woman Suffering
Short story in the new issue of Echolocation Magazine, Toronto

~ baby voices
Poem written to accompany the group exhibition, Inside voices, please at nap projects, Vancouver


~ Five Cricket Songs (after Umico Niwa)
Poems written to accompany Umico Niwa’s exhibition, Neighbourly Pest, at Tilling, Montréal

~ soothsay 

Exhibition text for Gabi Dao & geetha thurairajah at Centre Clark, Montréal


~ Elementary Brioche
Short story for Minority Vibration, a special issue of The Puritan, guest-edited by Sheung-King

~ from Fifty Times You Leave Your Lover
Poetic response to Mira Dayal’s artist book, Hair Biography, for the ee!

~ Laurie Kang: Story of the Gut
Catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition Unfixed: Laurie Kang and Chris Curreri at Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver


~ Napping Against Capitalism
Short story for the group exhibition The Pandemic is a Portal at SFU Galleries, Vancouver

~ The Perfect Crime
Fictional accompaniment to Erdem Taşdelen's public billboard project, Vicissitudes, at Mercer Union, Toronto


~ Cute, Good-Looking, Funny, Sweet
Essay on the kind of art that is suspiciously easy to digest for Mousse

~ Lizzie’s Laborufluvs
Short story for the exhibition Disputed Bodies at Trinity Square Video, Toronto

~ Four Poems
Light text accoutrements for Sorry, I’m Busy, an exhibition of Capricorn artists at Support Projects, London, Ontario


~ A Brief History of Feeling
Flash fiction for BOMB Magazine

~ "Wanted: Abject Dreamers for New Study of the Inner Ear $15/hr"
A Kijiji ad for please teach me how to swim, an online project organized by Untitled Art Society, Calgary

~ The Picture Files
Flash fiction for the virtual artist project Anna Hawkins: Fall Fell Felt hosted by Untitled Art Society, Calgary

~ R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.
A poem in Fence


~ Twelve Forecasts
More flash fiction for BOMB Magazine

~ How to Look at an Image, or a Black Hole
Essay accompanying the exhibition Semblance & Shadows Like Anxiety by Liza Eurich and Colin Miner at Stride Gallery, Calgary

~ Obliteration Ritual for Katie Lyle
Fictional portrait for Katie Lyle’s exhibition Why Do I Hear the Ocean in My Ear? at The Loon, Toronto


~ Strange New Health
Fiction for the exhibition Strange New Health by Yi Xin Tong at Katzman Contemporary, Toronto

~ How To Tame A Fly, or: Some Unsolicited Commentary on Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon’s ‘A Space for Looking is a Space for Listening’
Exhibition review for Charcuterie

~ Ieva Miseviciute: Character Studies of Primeval Life Forms
Artist feature for Mousse

~ Everybody’s Talking about Bone Broth
Essay for Laugh Magazine, RCA London

~ Allison Hrabluik: The Splits
Exhibition review for C Magazine

~ East Georgia’s Shameless Loiterers
Poem for the Somewhat Urgent Series, edited by Steffanie Ling

~ Mystery Dust
An essay on the work of Liz Magor for The Capilano Review’s digital chapbook series ti-TCR

~ I Just Want To Talk About How I Just Want To Dance With You
A series of pamphlets on dance and criticism organized by Alexa Mardon and Brynn McNab at Unit/Pitt Projects, Vancouver

~ Hygiene Tricks & The People At Schick
Review of the exhibition Hypnic Jerk by Kara Hansen for The Bartleby Review